Walgreens FREE Flu Shot
Walgreens FREE Flu Shot
Monday, October 3, 2016 → 3 to 5 pm ←
Copernicus Center ANNEX – Lawrence Ave Entrance (not main)
Please bring your insurance card if available & wear loose arm fitting clothing.
Who should get a flu shot?
The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older* get a flu shot this season, including healthy people, and people with chronic conditions. In general, it is recommended that anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting the flu should be vaccinated. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated, including:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk for developing serious complications. This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
Who should not get a flu shot?
Certain individuals should not be vaccinated without first consulting a healthcare professional. These patients include:
- Those with a severe allergy to chicken eggs
- Those with allergies to certain medications and preservatives, including certain antibiotics and Thimerosal (preservative)
- Those who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past
- Those who have had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting the flu vaccine previously
- Those who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait until they recover before getting a flu shot
What are the common side effects of the flu shot?
The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Fever (low grade)
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.
*If you can’t make it to the Copernicus Center, the flu shot is available At Healthcare Clinic for patients 2 years of age and over. Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Walgreens Pharmacy location nearest you.
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